Google’s not quite the only name in town when it comes to Nexus phone sales, and that’s never been more true than it is with the Nexus 6, finding broad carrier support. The big US networks are all gearing up to start selling the Nexus 6 themselves, as as they do so, final pricing details are starting to become available. But as AT&T shares its own Nexus 6 pricing this morning, we’re left asking ourselves, “why is this phone so expensive?”
AT&T intends to sell the Nexus 6 for $250 on a two-year contract. Outright, the phone will run you $683.
Every once in a while we’ll see a phone hit an American carrier for more than $200 on contract, but these are devices like the Galaxy Note, which sell for quite a bit more than regular phones anyway: AT&T’s Note 4 is $300 on contract, down from $826 full price.
But for non-phablet phones that sell closer to the Nexus 6’s base price, model like the Galaxy S5 ($650) or HTC One M8 ($670), the $200 contract price is very much the standard – and that’s why AT&T’s Nexus 6 pricing stands out to us as much as it does.
We’re sure that plenty of AT&T users will still flock to the Nexus 6, but what a change we’ve seen the Nexus line take: from the best off-contract value around to one of the most expensive on-contract Androids.
AT&T Nexus 6 pre-orders open tomorrow, November 12.